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Saint Maurice, Briningham, Norfolk
Briningham is located in Norfolk
Location within Norfolk
Area4.96 km2 (1.92 sq mi)
Population130 (parish, 2011 census)
• Density26/km2 (67/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTG030340
• London124 miles (200 km)
Civil parish
  • Bodham CP
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtNR24
Dialling code01263
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
52°52′06″N 1°01′31″E / 52.86825°N 1.02538°E / 52.86825; 1.02538Coordinates: 52°52′06″N 1°01′31″E / 52.86825°N 1.02538°E / 52.86825; 1.02538

Briningham is a village and a civil parish in the English county of Norfolk.[1] The village is 9.9 miles east north east of the town of Fakenham, 13.3 miles west south west of Cromer, 22.3 miles north north west of the city of Norwich, and 124 miles north north east of London. The nearest railway station is at Sheringham for the Bittern Line which runs between Sheringham, Cromer and Norwich. There is an abandoned railway line which is considered as a footpath, it runs parallel with an old track "the lane" that leads up to "belle vue tower". The nearest airport is Norwich International Airport. The civil parish had in 2001 census a population of 122, increasing to 130 at the 2011 census.[2] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.


Briningham has an entry in the Domesday Book of 1085.[3] In the great book Briningham is recorded by the names Bruningaham, and Biringaham. The main landholders were Count Alan and Bishop William. The main tenant is said to be Roger Longwood. The survey also mentions that there are five beehives, a church and a mill.


The main and oldest buildings are Belle Vue tower, originally thought to have been a mill but now a private house; Rose Cottage, the mission hall; the old Methodist chapel, and the Mill Lane houses. The Old White Horse (parts of which are up to 400 years old, beams and construction running from the rear lounge through to the front dining room are believed to have been a one room cottage dating back to the 1600s) formally the White Hart was a licensed public house from 1789 until 1961 when it closed it became a family house in 1967

Saint Maurice parish church[edit]

The parish church of Saint Maurice is unusual in that the church tower is on the south side.[4] On the east wall of the interior there are two large statues of Saint Maurice and the Blessed Virgin which are set into niches. In the south wall there is a 14th-century window. Within the graveyard stands a ten-foot-high pyramidal memorial to members of the Brereton family, on top of which sits the head of a muzzled bear. It is an English Heritage Grade I listed building.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Notable residents include the late Peter Whitbread.[6]



  1. ^ OS Explorer Map 24 - Norfolk Coast Central. ISBN 0-319-21726-4
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 August 2015.
  3. ^ The Domesday Book, Englands Heritage, Then and Now, Editor: Thomas Hinde,Norfolk page 187, Briningham, ISBN 1-85833-440-3
  4. ^ Norfolk 1: Norwich and North-East, By Nikolaus Pevsner and Bill Wilson, Briningham entry. ISBN 0-300-09607-0
  5. ^ "Church of St. Maurice". Retrieved 28 July 2006.
  6. ^ Thomas, Liz (4 November 2004). "Emmerdale scriptwriter dies in crash". The Stage. The Stage Media Company. Retrieved 25 April 2012.

External links[edit]

Media related to Briningham at Wikimedia Commons